In the late 1970s and early 1980s, DePaul was the dominant team in college basketball. Unfortunately, after their 1979 Final Four run, the Blue Demons were unable to translate that success into more postseason runs.
Ray Meyer led DePaul into the first three tournaments of the 1980s as the No. 1-ranked team in the country. This 1981 game was the second of three consecutive losses in DePaul's opening game in the NCAA Tournament and probably its most painful.
DePaul entered the NCAAs 27-1 and were playing in the Mideast after two trips to the West region. With a one-point lead and Skip "Money" Dillard at the free-throw line, the game seemed to be in hand.
Dillard, a nearly 90 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a one-and-one. St. Joseph's got the rebound, raced downcourt, and got a layup with three seconds left.
Mark Aguirre, in complete shock out of bounds, held the ball, and DePaul was shocked for the second consecutive year in the second round.